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Charles Richard Ashton Jr.
March 30, 1939 ~ September 15, 2022 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Charles “Chuck” Richard Ashton Jr. died on September 15, 2022 after a valiant battle with cancer. Chuck was born March 30th, 1939 in South Gate California to Charles Richard and Sue Elaine (Garlick) Ashton. He passed peacefully with his beloved wife of 60 years, Betty and other family by his side.
He graduated Occidental College in 1961 with a BA in history and was a US Army Veteran. Chuck and his family owned Ashton Brother Market in South Gate, California. In 1976, he moved to the central coast and worked at local grocery stores and later became a self-employed real estate broker.
After retiring, Chuck invested many hours as a devoted volunteer within the community of Grover Beach. He volunteered for the Citizen Assistance Team (CAT), as well as Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Department. In 2011, Chuck received the Central Coast RSVP Volunteer award. Chuck served on the Grover Beach City Council from 2004-2008. He volunteered at the People’s Kitchen and ran the Food program at the United Methodist Church until 2019.
Chuck is survived by his brother James R. Ashton and his wife Sherry, his children Charles Richard Ashton III, Beverly Calkins, Lori and Greg Russell, Linda and Michael Herber, his nine granddaughters, twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews,. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother George Ashton, his son in law Rick Calkins, and his great grandson Julian Hines.
Chuck was a fantastic husband, father, brother, grandfather, friend, and number-one Dodger’s fan. Marshall Spoo Funeral Home is handling arrangements, and a private family service will be held to celebrate and honor Chuck’s life. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Chuck’s name to Five Cities Christian Women Food Pantry or South County People’s Kitchen.